Neil over at Texas Liberal has posted a fantastic NFL Season Preview.
Neil's post got me thinking. It's not just football: our society runs on denial.
Most of us are at least dimly aware of the fact that many of our feed animals (especially chickens and pigs) are born only to be tortured to death. Lest you think I'm getting all superior here, I am a frequent and enthusiastic consumer of cheese, which is also largely produced by dairy cows who live in conditions that I couldn't possibly support if I had to look at them.
I wear cheap clothing that is made by underpaid workers in other countries. Sometimes, these workers are children.
I fill my car and heat my home with petroleum products that are destructive to the environment and whose high prices help fund terrorism.
I eat fruits and vegetables that are often picked by underpaid, itenerant workers who live in squalid conditions. Some of these workers are children.
I am writing this on a computer packed with environmentally destructive materials that was assembled in another country by underpaid and often exploited workers.
People get angry when you bring this stuff up. Why be such a killjoy?
I don't have a good answer. Apart from going all Laura Ingalls Wilder and making our own clothes and growing our own food and not using electricity, or paying exhorbitant amounts to ensure that our energy is clean and our veggies and clothing are exploitation-free, how do we live in a way that doesn't force us to support evils we claim to hate?
If you've got an answer, let me know!